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Author(s): Rosenberg, M. (1965). Society and the adolescent self-image. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Collection Method: Self-Report Questionnaire

Scoring Method: Uses a 4-point rating scale ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. For items 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, “Strongly Agree” = 3, “Agree” = 2, “Disagree” = 1, “Strongly Disagree” = 0. For items 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, the scoring criteria is reversed.

Number of questions: 10, 5 of which are negatively worded and 5 are positively worded.

Price: Free

Key Points:

  • The tool measures the level of self-esteem by asking respondents to reflect on their current feelings
  • Suitable for a range of different programs requiring a measure of self-esteem; considered reliable and valid quantitative tool for self-assessment.

The RSES tool has been reviewed and assessed by the Socialsuite team. In our opinion this tool is suitable in supporting the evaluation of young people and adults’ self-assessment of their levels of self-esteem.

This tool was created by sociologist Dr. Morris Rosenberg and is typically free to use for not-for-profit organizations.